On Wednesday, Jets HC Adam Gase addressed the recent report that they were actively shopping DL Quinnen Williams to try and get a better return before next week’s trade deadline.
“He’s going to be here. Those are false. I talked to Quinnen. I have not heard one thing from the front office about him being traded. I know Joe (Douglas) talked to Quinnen and talked to his agent. There’s nothing to that. It’s false,” Gase said, per Rich Cimini.
Gase added that he talked to Williams and GM Joe Douglas spoke with Williams and his agent to stress that any report saying they are shopping him is not accurate.
Williams has come up a few times in recent weeks as a speculative trade target and while Douglas has said they’re willing to listen to trade offers for any player, it’s clear it would take a big offer for them to part with the former first-round pick.
Williams, 22, was selected by the Jets with the No. 3 overall pick out of Alabama in the 2019 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $32,529,380 rookie contract that includes $21,677,732 signing bonus.
Williams is set to make a base salary of $585,000 for the 2020 season. His contract also includes a fifth-year option for the Jets to potentially pick up.
In 2020, Williams has appeared in seven games for the Jets and recorded 28 tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and a pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 37 interior defender out of 122 qualifying players.
We’ll have more on Williams as the news is available.